There Are No Dumb Business Questions, Not!

Written by Tim Knox

Q: I'm curious. What isrepparttar dumbest business question you've ever been asked? -- Norris W.

A: Shame on you, Norris. There is no such thing as a dumb business question. OK, that's not exactly true. There are dumb business questions and I do get quite a few of them. Not through this column, of course. People intelligent enough to actually use a computer and surfrepparttar 150466 World Wide Web would never submit dumb questions now, would they. OK, that's a lie, too. I've gotten a few head-scratchers in response to this column. You know who you are, but don't worry, your secret is safe with me.

I have a confession to make. Writing an advice column, whether it be advice for love or money or business, is often hard to do with a straight face. Occasionally a question comes overrepparttar 150467 digital transom that just makes me go, "Huh?"

It's kind of like trying to stifle a giggle when Grandma breaks wind at Sunday dinner. Some things are just better left ignored.

Of course it's hard to blame a dumb business question onrepparttar 150468 dog.

I've been writing advice columns for a long time. Most ofrepparttar 150469 requests for advice I receive are sincere and intelligent, and as a (usually) sincere and (somewhat) intelligent columnist, I feel obligated to dispenserepparttar 150470 best advice I can forrepparttar 150471 betterment ofrepparttar 150472 person who askedrepparttar 150473 question.

However, once in a while a real stinker hitsrepparttar 150474 old email box and it takes everything I've got to resist shooting back an answer that is worthy ofrepparttar 150475 question asked.

In other words, when I get a dumb question, my gut reaction is to respond with an answer of equal intelligence, orrepparttar 150476 lack thereof. Something subtle, like, "Forget business, my friend. The best thing you can do for mankind is to go find a pair of sharp scissors and run… really fast…"

Stupid is as stupid does, Forrest. Greater words of wisdom have rarely been offered before or since.

Then I remember that as an advice columnist I have a duty to my reader, my editor, my publisher, and above all, to my family, who enjoys eating on a regular basis. There aren't too many openings for smart aleck writers anymore (darn that Dave Berry), so I bite my tongue and respond torepparttar 150477 question as intelligently as I can. That usually involves requesting more information fromrepparttar 150478 reader so I can offer an informed answer. It's not as satisfying as firing off a sarcastic retort, but it is much better onrepparttar 150479 old bank account.

NAHB’s Voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines

Written by Neda Dabestani-Ryba

NAHB’s Voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines

By Neda Dabestani-Ryba Prudential Carruthers REALTORS

The voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines are designed to move environmentally friendly home building concepts further intorepparttar mainstream marketplace. Currently, there are approximately thirty communities throughoutrepparttar 150465 U.S. that have green home building programs in place or in development. By developingrepparttar 150466 set of voluntary national guidelines, NAHB intends to help facilitaterepparttar 150467 adoption of green home building practices andrepparttar 150468 formation of additional local programs inrepparttar 150469 parts ofrepparttar 150470 country not currently served by programs. Inrepparttar 150471 spring of 2003, NAHB approved a resolution supporting green building. In response to NAHB member’s requests to providerepparttar 150472 membership with technical guidance to supportrepparttar 150473 new green building policy, NAHB taskedrepparttar 150474 NAHB Research Center to manage a project to develop national green home building guidelines. The NAHB Research Center worked together in an open, public process with over 60 Stakeholder Group members fromrepparttar 150475 home building industry to create those guidelines. The guidelines contain six primary sections: Lot Preparation and Design - With lot preparation and design,repparttar 150476 builder has opportunities to demonstrate environmentally sensible construction practices. Even beforerepparttar 150477 foundation is poured, careful planning can reducerepparttar 150478 home’s impact on vegetation, soil, water, plus a home’s long-term performance can be enhanced. Such preparation can provide significant value torepparttar 150479 homeowner,repparttar 150480 environment, andrepparttar 150481 community. Included forrepparttar 150482 end user, especially developers, is a Site Planning Appendix that closely mirrors this section and provides additional guidance. Resource Efficiency – This section shows how certain framing techniques and home designs can effectively optimizerepparttar 150483 use of building materials. Construction waste management concepts are also discussed. In addition, information is provided on how a home’s durability andrepparttar 150484 amount of time and money needed for maintenance are affected by how certain materials are used. Energy Efficiency – This isrepparttar 150485 most quantifiable aspect of green building. The information on this section will help a builder create a building envelope and incorporate energy efficient mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting into a home that will yield long-term utility bill cost savings and increased comfort forrepparttar 150486 homeowner. It containsrepparttar 150487 only requirements to participate in this voluntary program: compliance withrepparttar 150488 2003 International Energy Conservation Code, use of ACCA manuals to size HVAC equipment, and 3rd party plan review to verify compliance withrepparttar 150489 section. Water Efficiency/Conservation – Although,repparttar 150490 relative importance of water availability and usage varies from region to region,repparttar 150491 concern with adequate supply of water is becoming more widespread geographically. Experience also shows that employingrepparttar 150492 line items from this section ofrepparttar 150493 guidelines for indoor and outdoor water use can decrease a homeowner’s need for water and thus reduce utility bills, regardless of location.

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